Facebook back up in operation after massive outage worldwide

Facebook back up in operation after massive outage worldwide

The outage, of unknown origin, also affected Facebook-owned Instagram, as well as Messenger.

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had restored service to its main app and Instagram, after the world's largest social network suffered a major outage that frustrated users across the globe for about 24 hours.

Facebook is facing a slew of lawsuits and regulatory inquiries over its privacy practices, including ongoing investigations by the US Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and two state agencies in NY.

Ironically, the biggest social network of them all chose to announce the end of the outage on a rival social media platform, Twitter.

Eventually, Facebook did come back online, though problems persist (you can check the Facebook Developer updates for the latest on resolving the issue).

Facebook had already denied it had fallen victim to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

For most users, the severity of the outage varied.


The last time Facebook had a disruption of this magnitude was in 2008, when the site had 150m users - compared with around 2.3bn monthly users today.

Well, the company pointed to a change it had made to its system for the outage.

The social network's handling of user data has been a flashpoint for controversy since it admitted previous year that Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy which did work for Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, used an app that may have hijacked the private details of 87 million users. Regions affected include the NY area, parts of California and the Seattle region, according to Downdetector.

A spokesman for the social network said the company was cooperating with investigators in multiple federal probes.

A US Justice Department investigation into the company's data-sharing practices broadened to include a grand jury, a person with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday.

"As we've said before, we are cooperating with investigators and take those probes seriously".

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